SNLD boss demands unlimited charter change

No organisation should have a restriction on amendments to the Constitution and only when all ethnic groups could contribute will peace be established, argues Khun Tun Oo, the chairman of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD).

The SNLD boss was making an opening speech laying down the main principles of federalisation held by the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) and the Ethnic Nationalities Affairs Centre at Inya Lake Hotel in Yangon on June 30.

Suu Kyi meets Bangladesh envoy

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi received Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque, the special envoy to the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, at her office in Nay Pyi Taw on June 30.

Aye Aye Soe, the deputy director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said a formal invitation to visit Bangladesh was made.

Non-ceasefire signatories to hold govt talks

A preparation committee for the so-called 21st-century Panglong Conference and the delegation from the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) are planning to meet at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon.

The UNFC was established in 2011 and the chairman is General N’ban La from the Kachin Independence Army. Nine armed groups are members, all non-signatories of the nationwide ceasefire agreement with the government last October.

State Counsellor’s Office criticised for narrow definition of ‘political prisoner’

The minister for the State Counsellor’s Office Minister said this week that only detainees who are prosecuted legally for their involvement in demonstrations will be recognised as political prisoners. Groups working to protect the rights of political prisoners have strongly condemned the minister’s statement.

UNA to meet ethnic armed groups


The United Nationalities Alliance (UNA), which includes 12 ethnic political parties, has made a plan to meet with ethnic armed groups upholding the political landscape, said Sai Kyaw Nyunt, joint secretary-2 of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD).

Union Peace Conference scheduled for August


State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the leaders of the Peace Process Steering Team (eight ethnic armed groups that signed the NCA) held a meeting at the Horizon Lake View Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw on June 28 and decided to hold the Union Peace Conference (also know as the 21st Century Panglong Conference) by August.

It was the first official meeting between the PPST and the government.

Saffron Revolution leader faces additional charges

U Gambira (aka Nyi Nyi Lwin), a Buddhist monk— who led the 2007 Saffron Revolution, was sent to Insein prison in Yangon’s from Obo Prison in Mandalay on June 29, according to police.

Daw Yay, mother of Nyi Nyi Lwin, said: “He was moved to Insein prison by car. His younger sister went to Yangon to meet him. His imprisonment is connected with the charges opened in 2012.”  

He has been charged under sections 427, 447 and 448 at Bahan township police station. He arrived at 11:30 am on 27 June in Yangon, his family confirmed.

Kachin students demand justice for murdered Gum Seng Aung

Students from Myitkyina and the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (Upper Myanmar) staged a protest on June 27 in Mandalay City, demanding justice for the death of Gum Seng Aung, a freshman and student at Myitkyina’s Computer University.

The protestors also demanded that the government investigate the student’s death.

JCMC-U meeting commences

The Union Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JCMC-U) began its two-day meeting at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Yangon yesterday.  

According to the agenda, the meeting will discuss the formation of a task force to draw a three-year budget plan, the procedures for ceasefire monitoring, financial procedures, and plans for the formation of more JCMCs at region and state levels.